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yesterday that focused on the debt ceiling in terms of the possibility of obligations, ur obligations all emanating from congressional actions. we cannot continue on this dangerous path. hopefully this hearing will serve a constructive opportunity to embrace a different path. i yield back. >> thank you so much, mr. levin. again,s this my pleasure to welcome secretary jack lew back to the committee on ways and means. we look forward to your testimony. the committee received your written statement t will be made part of the formal record and secretary lew, you're recognized for five minutes. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman and thank you, mr. chairman, ranking member levin for your gracious welcome here today. it's an honor to appear and present the president's budget for next year. i sit here as chairman noted surrounded by four decades of memories of many important occasions when bipartisan cooperation has moved the country forward in the best interest of the american people. i sit here today looking forward to continuing in that tradition this year and in my current role. our economy
by the republicans in the house to increase the debt ceiling. at the end of the day, we got $2.5 in spending. restrapets that was the cap and the sequester. there's been repeated efforts by democrats in the senate and the white house to undue that agreement of august 2011, but it has held. the sequester is holding despite not letting kids go through the white house or the easter egg hunts and not letting the blue angels fly. this is the boy cried wolf kind of thing. at the end of the day, taxpayers won that fight. those who believed in d.c., you had to raise taxes in order to get any spending restraints. we're wrong. we got the -- they were wrong. obama -- president obama is again saying i will never let you cut the budget unless you give me tax increases. he said that for the last three years and he has lost several times on that fight. does he want to have spending restraint or entitlement reform? don't think so. democratic senate with 59 or 60 votes. he woke up every morning and he could have reform entitlements but he didn't, he went to bed. someone could do something for 00 days like qu
for a debt ceiling piece of legislation that would be considered. i would hope, as i said last week, that we could deal with in a nonpartisan, bipartisan, nonpolitical fashion the protection of the credit worthiness of the united states of america and to the maintenance of america's credit rating. it was reduced for the first time in history when we had a debt cliff debate in 2011, and we were reduced by one point in the credit worthiness of our country. that was unfortunate for our country. president reagan said in 1986, unfortunately congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. this brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on veterans' benefits, interest rates, etc., would skyrocket if we did that. he was then urging the democratic congress and republicans to support the increase in the debt, which as you know, was done. in addition, keith hennessey who was george bush's national director counsel, payment prioritization doesn't stop payments, it just delays them. then the party sues the government and
approaches the debt ceiling to say, how are we going to tell the people that we are going to pay off the debt that we've now gone ahead and incurred? and i think a little bit of forethought here, planning into the future, how we're going to pay the bills is the emphasis. and i've always agreed, as the gentleman said, the debt ceiling is something that is necessary for the operations of government. we'll bring a bill forward that will ensure that we don't go into default, but i do think that we should be mindful of how we're going to tell the public we're going to go in the future and pay off these debts. because as the gentleman has many children and grandchildren, he doesn't want his kids nor do i want mine to be shouldering the debt and paying our bills. we should be really committing ourselves not to just borrowing more, not to just taking more from taxpayer dollars because we've done a lot of that this year already. the gentleman talks about the need to proceed with revenues. we already have close to $650 billion i of additional static revenues, taxes that are accounted for because of the
or not there is going to be a bucket deal probably in two months a lot of the debt ceiling. >> beep on guns. bi-partisan on immigration. maybe we can get to where we have bip beep on the bucket. in connection cook good to have you with us. follow her at national journal.com and i will be back and tell you what the president is up to today. >> this is "the bill press show." can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections tuberculosis lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. you should not start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor
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